Looking back, the Belfast Area High School boys jayvee soccer squad experienced a more than respectable season, as the Lions finished 8-5-1 and, perhaps more importantly, the teammates made strong ties along the way.

“We had great team dinners before big games,” said second-year Lion coach Ted Rakis. “I felt a bond was forming with the team. They worked together as a team, which brought us success.”

The Lions included junior Emerson Dellamattera; sophomores Tyler Martin, Tremmil Groene, Jonathan Clapp, Kal Ihnken, Brennan Moore, Ryan Rice, Cody Beaucage and John Williams; and freshmen Chris Williams, David Flood, Marcus Riley, Evan Schweikert and Jack Schnetzer,

Moore and Rice led the team’s offense throughout the fall season. Moore compiled 13 goals and four assists, while Rice added nine goals and six assists.

Also, Williams (5 goals, 2 assists), Beaucage (3 goals, 5 assists), Dellamattera (3 goals, assist), Martin (goal, assist), Riley (3 assists), Violette (goal), Groene (goal), Clapp (goal), Flood (goal), Alex (assist) and Ihnken (assist) aided the offense.

The team started the campaign with a 4-3 win against Waldo County rival Mount View of Thorndike after trailing 3-1 at halftime. The Lions moved to secure a 1-0 victory against Leavitt of Turner after watching their varsity counterparts’ 4-0 win over the Hornets. After Leavitt, the Lions went on to defeat Oak Hill of Sabattus 8-0.

However, the young BAHS squad soon experienced adversity. “We started the season with a 5-1 record,” Rakis said. “[However,] playing Lincoln Academy [of Newcastle] and losing 8-2 was a humbling experience. We realized the season was going to be a tough fight.”

Coach Rakis thanked the team parents for their help and support during the season. “I look forward to coaching these guys next season,” he said.

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